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Rage as Manchester council moves to ban homelessness camp

by Katrina Lawrie
Issue No. 2465

A demonstration by homeless people and their supporters took place last Saturday after Manchester city council was granted an injunction banning protest camps in the city.

Homeless protest camps were set up to highlight the desperate situation many homeless people face, and how benefit cuts are making the situation even worse.

The injunction, which was given last week, means that homeless people have now been banned from sleeping in any movable structures in the city.

The council also secured an eviction order for one of the two homeless camps around the city.

Manchester, like other cities, has a huge amount of homeless people. Tory cuts are creating even more.

Every night of the week there are street kitchens struggling to cope with a high demand. The eviction and injunction will not solve any aspect of homelessness. 

As Ameen Hadi treasurer of Salford Unison union (pc) said after the injuction, “This is an attack on the most vulnerable.”

The demonstration was supported by refugee organisation Rapar, the Manchester and Salford branch of the National Union of Journalists, and by the Greater Manchester Unite union branch.

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